Liars Mess on 180g 2LP + CD
Mess is Liars seventh album. This follow up to 2012’s WIXIW is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic synth-rock that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. The 10-song set is preceded by the lead single “Mess on a Mission” which was premiered in 2013.
While WIXIW, was the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile in-between state, Mess is Liars with their balls out – an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.
Explains singer Angus Andrew, “We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band. We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that’s fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident.”
Produced by Angus Andrew and mixed by Timothy “Q” Wiles (whose previous production credits include label-mates VCMG), the new album is less concerned with place as on previous albums, but sees the band back in their own studio in LA.
Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; liminal no-wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st-century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves – maybe not quite at ease with the world, but staring it straight in the eye while showing their teeth.
Mess is the sound of Liars not only facing their fears, but chewing them up and spitting them back out in all their technicolor glory. Gatefold 180 gram heavyweight double vinyl with accompanying CD.
Liars Mess Track Listing:
1. Mask Maker
2. Vox Tuned D.E.D.
3. I’m No Gold
4. Pro Anti Anti
5. Can’t Hear Well
6. Mess On A Mission
9. Dress Walker
10. Perpetual Village
11. Left Speaker Blown